Social Responsibility

Human Resources & Human Rights

Our directors and all employees, including senior management will aim to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest moral and ethical standards, informed by this Code. We are committed to ensuring a fair workplace for our employees as well as contractors with whom we do business. We have an Open-Door Policy to encourage honest and direct communication to resolve issues and concerns in an expeditious manner. We also have a Whistleblower Policy that provides an alternative and anonymous method of reporting suspected compliance violations, unlawful or unethical behavior, or fraud.


The Corporation is dedicated to the preservation of basic rights and human dignity in our workplace and beyond. We recognize that human rights are an essential component of our business. We support internationally recognized human rights principles that promote and protect human rights.

The Corporation maintains a safe workplace based on mutual respect, fairness and integrity. To achieve this:

  • We do not tolerate any form of workplace discrimination, bullying, harassment or physical abuse and we provide fair and non-discriminatory employee grievance and whistleblower systems.
  • We value diversity and treat all employees and contractors fairly, providing equal opportunity at all levels of the organization without bias.
  • We employ and promote employees on the basis of merit.
  • We provide fair remuneration.
  • We require and enforce a drug- and alcohol-free workplace.
  • We require employees to act legally and ethically in all work activities, and require and enforce the appropriate use of company funds and property.
  • We collect personal and private information about employees in a legal and ethical manner and take every precaution to protect the privacy of our employees and their personal information.
  • We provide appropriate training and development opportunities.

Community

The Corporation will work towards being “of” the Community, not just “in” the Community. We are strongly committed to building long-lasting, sustainable, respectful, trusting and mutually beneficial relationships with our host and neighboring Indigenous communities. We are also active and collaborative with our greater Alice Arm area businesses and educational institutions in an effort to assist in the building of local capacity.

with our greater Alice Arm area businesses and educational institutions in an effort to assist in the building of local capacity.
The Corporation recognizes that early stakeholder engagement represents a critical step in building long term value in its projects and programs. These initial interactions should be positive and constructive, but should also serve to manage expectations of, and clearly communicate to, local stakeholders our work plans and our commitments to the Policies. Stakeholder engagement is an ongoing process, and frequent and timely communications are maintained throughout the timelines of the Corporation’s projects. To achieve this:

  • We will communicate and proactively engage early and often in a mutually agreed and consensus based manner with local communities and other stakeholders that may be affected by all work programs.
  • We identify any vulnerable or marginalized groups within the affected communities and ensure that they are also reached by information disclosure and consultation activities in their native language.
  • We work actively and transparently with governmental authorities and representatives, non-governmental organizations, and the communities themselves.
  • We maintain frequent and timely communications with stakeholders throughout the various stages of exploration and development work.
  • When possible, explain the benefits of work programs to local communities, but also work to manage expectations and clearly explain the exploration process and stage gates for decision making.
  • We identify the communities and stakeholders impacted by our operations and actively engage with them in a culturally appropriate and transparent manner as early as possible to establish relationships based on mutual benefit and active participation.
  • We respect the culture, customs, interests, and rights of communities, including Indigenous peoples and vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.
  • We work with governments, local authorities, community representatives, inter-governmental, and non-governmental organizations to develop and support projects that benefit the communities associated with our operations.
  • We work to minimize the adverse impacts of our operations and clearly communicate our intent to do so to local stakeholders.
  • We contribute to local economic development through creation of employment opportunities, local procurement of services, and capacity building.

Occupational Health and Safety

The Corporation is committed to providing a healthy and safe workplace in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. Employees must be aware of the safety issues and policies that affect their job, other employees and the community in general. Managers, upon learning of any circumstance affecting the health and safety of the workplace or the community, must act immediately to address the situation. Employees must immediately advise their managers of any workplace injury or any circumstance presenting a dangerous situation to them, other co-workers or the community in general, so that timely corrective action can be taken.
The Corporation aims to operate a safe workplace that is injury and fatality free, and to enhance the well-being of employees, contractors and communities. To achieve this:

  • We provide visible safety leadership, and appropriate leadership development and safety training in an effort to prevent injury.
  • We foster and maintain a positive safety culture, behavior, awareness and risk management.
  • We identify and actively mitigate safety, occupational and community health and hygiene hazards.
  • Safety is a top priority and consideration in all workplaces, work programs and when travelling on Company business.
  • We actively engage with and monitor contractors, suppliers and business partners so that they understand and respect the Corporation’s occupational and community health and safety standards.
  • We encourage and support the Corporation’s people and the communities where we conduct our work to participate in programs which enhance their health and well-being.
  • We report, manage and learn from injuries, illnesses and “near miss” incidents.
  • We prepare for and maintain programs to rapidly and efficiently respond to emergencies and crises.

Dolly Varden Silver